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Teaching In The UK During COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has had an effect globally on schools, teachers and delivery of learning to students. 

If you’re a Canadian teacher wishing to pursue teaching in the UK, then read through the Q & A below to find out how we are able to support you during this uncertain time. The good news is that it is still possible!  UK schools are open and we have fantastic opportunities for Canadian teachers wanting work in the UK in 2022.

I was planning to teach in the UK in 2022,  Can I still pursue this?

The answer is yes.  It is possible to apply for an exemption in some countries, including Canada.  

Outlined below are some things you need to consider at this point in time but these points may become easier as we see restrictions easing;

  1. Flights: International flights are very limited and expensive, so you will need to book well in advance. We will cover $500 towards your flights if you decide to go.
  2. Visas: There are normal wait time on applying for visas.
  3. Self Isolate: If you do travel to the UK you need to take a lateral flow test to check if you are positive and if you are not, you are free to get started on your UK teaching adventure ( Jan 2022). 
  4. Boosters– Walk in boosters are available for people who have been doubled-vaccinated for 3 months or more.

Will I be safe working in UK schools?

The UK Government has set vaccination targets and achieved good results to ensure life can get back to normal as soon as possible.

The UK Government and the Department of Education are working closely with schools to ensure that suitable practices are implemented to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst teachers and students. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Keeping the same supply teachers returning to the same school each term
  • Staggered start and end to school day across year groups
  • Teachers and supply staff only working in a particular year group ( Bubble)
  • Grouping children together in groups or “bubbles”, a class in primary and year group in secondary
  • Avoiding contact in school between these groups, with separate starting, finishing, lunch and break times
  • Attendance is compulsory with the threat of penalty fines
  • Test and trace in place for schools
  • Regular cleaning of hands, but masks not expected for pupils or staff
  • Those with symptoms told to stay out of school
  • No big group events like school assemblies and arranging classrooms with forward-facing desks
  • Separate groups on school buses and discouraging the use of public transport

What happens if I contract COVID?

Ideally you will be vaccinated before you leave Canada but if not the normal self isolation rules will apply if you have milder COVID Symptoms.  If you have severe symptoms then you will be covered by the National Health Service in the UK and appropriate care and action will be taken to ensure you receive the best care. The three COVID Vaccines are now available so you would have access to these.

What type of work is on offer?

To minimize risk we would encourage you to look at longer term work with one school, so you’re not travelling around to many schools.  If you decide you want to do supply then we would try and restrict your exposure to a few schools rather than many.

Opportunities for 2022 teaching positions are available, so get in touch!

For more information on gaining an endorsement and securing a suitable role, if you have any questions or you would like us to help you with teaching in the UK please register below: 

    Here is up to date covid travel information if you plan to head to the UK to teach!

    If you are in Canada:  read this

    Here is some info on booking a Covid Test for when you arrive in the UK. Click here.

    Here is the UK Gov info on travel into England. I have already sent this, but it is good to re-read before you leave

    Here is a list of the current red zone countries you should not travel though on the way to the UK.

    Are you looking to live and work in the UK in 2022.

    We can help. Register here: www.teachin.com.au/register/

    Whatever you decide, we are here to help when the time is right. One thing is for sure, teachers have proved to be real superstars during this challenging time. We appreciate you!

    free flight to the UK

    International teachers can enjoy a free flight to the UK with us.